Road fatalities decline again in Q1 2024
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Road fatalities decline again in Q1 2024

Fewer people died in road accidents in the first three months of 2024 compared with the same period last year. This quarter looks set to be the eighth consecutive quarter in which road fatalities will fall, starting in the second quarter of 2022.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in its latest report that an estimated 8,650 people died in the first quarter, down about 3.2% from the first quarter of 2023.

“We are encouraged that traffic fatalities continue to decline, but more must be done to reduce these preventable tragedies on our roadways,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator Sophie Shulman said in a statement. “NHTSA is working hard to save lives and ensure our roadways are safe for everyone inside and outside of vehicles.”

The forecasted decline in Q1 is due to a 0.6% increase in the number of kilometres travelled from January to March.

NHTSA estimated that, compared with the first quarter of 2023, fatalities in the first quarter of 2024 decreased in 30 states and Puerto Rico, while fatalities are projected to increase in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Road fatalities decline again in Q1 2024

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